Scientific name: Ulex europaeus
Category: Trees and bushes
Nature Stars: 60
About: A large spiny shrub, found on heathland, grassland, moorland and coastal areas.
How to identify: There are three species of gorse in the UK, which are all very similar. A spiny shrub covered in needle-like leaves. Flowers yellow.
Fantastic fact: Gorse flowers smell of coconut.
Photograph credit: Philip Precey